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Originally published October 10, 2013 at 7:38 PM | Page modified October 10, 2013 at 7:56 PM

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Low bidder for Bellevue garbage contract going to court

CleanScapes is seeking an injunction to block Bellevue from awarding its garbage contract to the current contractor and higher bidder, Republic Services.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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The Bellevue City Council’s decision to award a seven-year garbage contract to the high bidder will go before a judge.

CleanScapes is seeking an injunction that would block Bellevue from signing a contract with the city’s long-term contractor, Republic Services.

Republic proposed to charge the typical household $2.70 more per month, or nearly 13 percent more, than CleanScapes’ bid for the same service.

CleanScapes protested to the city attorney’s office that the council’s decision was illegal because it ignored the selection criteria that bidders were told would determine the decision.

But city spokeswoman Emily Christensen said earlier this week, “It is the position of the city to move forward with negotiating the contract as directed by the council.”

Several council members said before their vote they valued stability and didn’t want to risk a disruption in service by switching contractors. CleanScapes outscored Republic under the selection criteria both for price and other factors such as service and contract compliance.

CleanScapes will ask a King County Superior Court judge Monday to issue a temporary restraining order that would block award of a contract to Republic until a hearing is held on a preliminary injunction.

Keith Ervin: 206-464-2105 or

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